The Boundary Row range of wines is named after a Barossa tradition of using vine rows rather than fences to distinguish the different owners of adjoining vineyards, with fruit from the boundary row shared between the neighbours.
Vineyard Source: Boundary Row Shiraz was sourced entirely from the Kurtz Family Vineyard in the Light Pass subregion of the Barossa Valley. The vines received minimal or no irrigation and were pruned for low yields to provide vine balance and maximise fruit quality and varietal character.
Vintage Conditions: A drier than average winter was followed by a warm dry spring and early summer. Mild conditions in January and February, and fortuitous late January rain, slowed ripening, allowing development of rich, ripe flavours and tannins.
Winemaking: Fermented on skins for 10 days in small, open fermenters and gently plunged to optimise colour, flavour and tannin extraction. After pressing, the wine was matured in seasoned and new oak for 26 months.
Acidity: 6.7 g/L
Colour: Deep purple-red with crimson hues.
Nose: A distinctive nose of blackberry, dark cherry and chocolate with hints of mocha, liquorice and warm spices.
Palate: The palate is rich, full and fleshy, with bright, juicy flavours of mulberry, blackberry and blood plum, and smooth, complexing touches of chocolate, mocha and spice. A balanced, even mouthfeel, with a lingering, mouthwatering finish, combines savoury notes of cedar with fine-grained tannins that seem to last forever.
Cellaring Potential: While suitable for current consumption, further medium term cellaring will be rewarded. I highly recommend that this wine be decanted prior to serving.
Food Match: Boundary Row Shiraz is a great match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted meats, and full-flavoured dishes.
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